Glamglow Supermud Review
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Here's the thing: I love skincare products. If the beauty world is divided into people who'd pay a million dollars for the perfect cleanser and people who'd pay a million dollars for the perfect foundation — I'm always going to be about the skincare. So I love masks, serums, moisturizers — all of it — because when you have the right ones, you can skip the foundation and the contouring mess and just have awesome skin. (Don't get me started on contouring.) But I hate the ones that don't do anything. And I really hate the ones that don't do much and cost a fortune. Which brings us to....
Product: Glamglow SUPERMUD® (seriously) Clearing Treatment
What Sephora says it does: "Help fight all common skin concerns including breakouts, discoloration, black and white heads, razor bumps, and in-grown hair."
What we say it does: Not super much, and for way too much money
First look: You're only supposed to put on a light layer, which was just as well, since the consistency was way thinner than I expected — but there were still random bits and pieces of chunky bits in there. I've seen this mentioned in other reviews, so it's not like I got a bad sample. What's the point of them? Blend, people. Blend!
The experience: I washed my face, just like instructed, and then applied my thin layer (again, just as well, since it's so freaking expensive). Then I waited. Then my face felt like it was on fire. OK, not fire. Relative to other masks I've worn, this one was a 3 on a discomfort scale of 1 to 10 (the others would have been like a zero.) My face felt super-tight and there was a warming sensation that was distracting enough that waiting out the whole 15 minutes was aggravating.
The result: The treatment dries to a light gray — except around my nose, where my pores look biggest, and I swear to God there it dried to a medium gray and my skin looked like the craters of the moon. Tiny volcanoes on my nose. I have never been grossed out to that level by my own skin before.
It washed off easily. After a pat-dry, my nose looked Rudolph-level red, so maybe I'll put this into the rotation around Christmas. Nothing about this treatment made my nose happy. Elsewhere, I noticed that a "pore-less" patch of skin at the top of my cheekbones looked bigger, so that was good.
Elsewhere, my face looked exactly the same, and it felt super dry. The first time I used it, I lathered my face in my usual moisturizer (Aesop's Parsley Seed Serum); the second time I wanted something even stronger, so I went with Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate.
What we'd pay for it: $10
Grade: Given the price, a D